MATCH PREVIEW | Wrexham v Aldershot Town

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Posted:Thu 30 Aug 2018

Wrexham v Aldershot Town

Date: 01/09/2018

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: My Racecourse

Competition: Vanarama National League

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After a packed weekend of Bank Holiday action the Dragons are back at the Cae Ras as we play host to Aldershot Town,

Form

Wrexham come into the game with one win in their last three matches, having failed to register a win over the Bank Holiday weekend. The reds were last in action on Monday when we travelled to Damson Park to face Solihull Moors where Alex Gudger's strike eight minutes from time sealed Samuel Ricketts' first loss in charge. 48 hours beforehand we hosted Bromley at the Racecourse Ground where we shared the points. Mike Fondop and Rekeil Pyke put Wrexham 2-0 up before a Frankie Sutherland penalty pulled the Ravens back. In stoppage time a corner was swung in from the visitors where Luke Summerfield managed to put the ball in his own net to pull Bromley level. Our last victory came two weeks ago with Manny Smith, an own goal and Fondop sealing a 3-1 win at Eastleigh.

As for Aldershot they come into the game on the back of a 2-1 win over Sutton United on Monday. Scott Rendell and Jacob Berkley-Agyepong put the Shots 2-0 ahead before Ross Lafayette scored an injury-time consolation in the win. Beforehand Aldershot had experienced back-to-back defeats to Ebbsfleet United and Harrogate Town. The Sutton win was just their second of the season and now they'll be looking to pick up a run of form continuing in North Wales.

Key Players

Wrexham completed the loan signing of Brad Walker this week from Crewe Alexandra until January and the defensive midfielder could be given a runout with Manny Smith and James Jennings potentially missing out through injury. Walker has made over 135 appearances in the EFL for Hartlepool United and Crewe and brings real experience despite his age at 22. 

Aldershot striker Scott Rendell netted his second league goal on Monday and will be hoping to find the back of the net frequently to lift the Shots from a slow start to the campaign. The experienced former Woking forward grabbed 12 goals last term and will want to better that if they want to once again finish in the play-offs and head back to the EFL.

Head to Head

Wrexham and Aldershot have met on a number of occasions down the years, with the last match-up coming in February 2018. Scott Quigley hit a brace for the Dragons but goals from Shamir Fenelon and Adam McDonnell struck back for the visitors. Our last trip to the Recreation Ground ended in a 2-0 win for Aldershot, Bernard Mensah and Fenelon scoring that afternoon. Our games stretching back to 1961, that was our first trip to the Rec with it ending 0-0. The first game at the Cae Ras came two weeks later in April '61, with Wrexham winning 3-1. The highest scoring game came in October 1985 as Aldershot ran riot in Hampshire, beating us 6-0. Our biggest victories came in October 1964 and 1965 and March 1975 where we recorded 4-0 wins.

Team News

Wrexham centre-half Manny Smith was forced off against Solihull and will be assessed before the weekend, as will James Jennings after limping off against Bromley. 

Keep Up

You can listen to free live commentary from Wrexham AFC on Mixlr as well as keep up to date on our social media channels. Highlights will be available with the first word from the manager and players post-match on our YouTube Channel.

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